They removed their links because they don't want the readers to inundate them with hate filled emails due to the crappy redesign.
I mean, hideously huge pictures that do nothing but eat up precious screen space, fixed width spaces that leave giant swaths of screen empty, ads everywhere, colours that were evidently chosen by a cocaine-addled crayon-muncher, no "Print" link, adding "print.html" to the end of the URL now results in a page just as full of the crap that the old style removed (you know, to make it something printable), and all the other mind numbingly stupid alterations they made... that over a thousand comments telling them in no uncertain terms were generally vilified & detested, requested to be put back, hundreds of comments giving CSS hacks to undo the stupidity (or at least tone it down to an easier to tolerate level), and complaints that no matter what size screen the visitor used to view the site it essentially ignored the user settings as far as resolution was concerned & just gave it to you as a third-screen strip down the middle... after all that, you'd think they'd get the hint, but no.
Instead they fiddle with the background colour, tweak the link colour, and call it done.
Don't bother waiting for any of them to reply to you. Even if one of them comes down off their High Horse to talk to the mere peasants (that would be all of us Readers to whom those advertisements are aimed at), their reply will be "we'll think about it" at best, "tough shit, it stays" at worse. And to add insult to injury, they'll take a function that used to work, screw it fifteen ways to Sunday, and turn it into something that not only no longer works but actively shits on your experience.
So give them a golf clap for their efforts, then give them The Finger for having done it.
It's what they've done to us.
As a long time Reader, I can only say that *IF* I decide to continue reading the site, it'll be done with all their ads blocked, images turned off, Scripting turned off, and a CSS in place to make the site Accessible to my Screen Reader for the Blind.
As it stands now, the design team has taken the DDA out back, held it down, shat in it's mouth, and kicked it square in the crotch to make it swallow the "Christmas gift".
Kiss your ad revenue goodbye guys, you've pissed off the Readers so much they've generated the CSS & AdBlock rules required to negate them entirely. How's that reflecting in your bottom line? How's that massive hit to the bottom line feel? Hopefully it's as big a pain in the ass to you as your UI cluster fuck has been to us, your Readers.
Because without us you're nothing, and pissing us off is a great way to become the next Geocities.